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North Carolina Migratory Bird Hunting Season Dates

North Carolina Migratory Birds Hunting Seasons 2023-2024

Specific Dates and Limits for Various Bird Species

Crow Season

  • Dates: August 2, 2023 - February 28, 2024
  • Note: Hunting allowed on specific days of the week and select holidays, excluding Sundays.

Dove Season

  • Species: Mourning & White-Winged Dove
  • Dates: September 2 - October 7
  • Daily Limit: 15

Rails Season

  • Species & Limits:
    • King, Clapper Rails: September 2 - November 22, Daily Limit 15
    • Virginia & Sora Rails: September 2 - November 22, Daily Limit 25

Gallinule and Moorhen Season

  • Dates: September 2 - November 22
  • Daily Limit: 15

Woodcock Season

  • Dates: December 11 - January 31
  • Daily Limit: 3

Snipe Season

  • Species: Common Snipe
  • Dates: October 27 - February 28
  • Daily Limit: 8

Waterfowl Seasons

  • Youth & Veterans/Military Waterfowl Days: February 3 & 10 (statewide)
  • Duck Season:
    • Inland Zone: Various dates from October 19, 2023, to January 31, 2024
    • Coastal Zone: Various dates from October 27, 2023, to January 31, 2024
  • Sea Ducks: Dates align with regular duck seasons.
  • September Teal Season: September 13 - 30, Daily Limit 6
  • Brant Season: December 28 - January 31, Daily Limit 1
  • Coots and Mergansers: Dates align with regular duck seasons.
  • Goose Season: Various dates and zones from September 1, 2023, to February 10, 2024

Bag Limits for Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers

  • Ducks: Daily limit of 6 with specific restrictions on species.
  • Sea Ducks: Daily limit of 4 with species-specific limits.
  • Coots: Daily limit of 15.
  • Mergansers: Daily limit of 5, with a maximum of 2 hooded mergansers.

Extended Falconry Season

  • Species & Dates:
    • Dove (Mourning & White-Winged Dove): October 9 - 21
    • King, Clapper and Virginia Rail, Sora, Gallinule, and Moorhen: December 9 - January 13
    • Woodcock: December 1 - 9 & February 3 - 24
    • Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots: October 2 - 14 & February 1 - 10
  • Daily Limit: 3 for all species

Important Considerations

  • License and Permits: Hunters must have the appropriate licenses and adhere to all state hunting regulations.
  • Ethical Hunting: Respect for wildlife and adherence to ethical hunting practices is essential.
  • Seasonal Awareness: Hunters should be aware of the specific start and end dates for each species to ensure compliance with legal hunting periods.

This comprehensive guide provides essential information for hunters interested in pursuing migratory birds in North Carolina, outlining the specific seasons and limits for a variety of species. Planning hunting activities within these specified dates and limits is crucial for legal and responsible hunting.

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